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Archive of the posts written by author: Ron Letnes.
Jun
21

COMPASSIONATE COMPACT FOR THE COMMON GOOD

We have reached a fork in the road. In the words of the poet Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both . . . . I took the one less traveled by. And that…

Jun
14

TIMELY-TRUTHFUL LEADERSHIP

(Surrounded by COVID-19, 44 million people filing for unemployment, thousands of businesses shut-down, a clamor for structural change amidst racial realities, a demand for police reform, and a rise in gun violence, the United States is swimming in stormy electoral politics. Addressing such…

Jun
7

THE PHYSICS OF GUN VIOLENCE

The physics law I remember most clearly is: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In football, a blocker is always pushed back in order to overpower the initial block and make a tackle. Arguments are a push and push.…

May
31

LIFE SAVING BILLS

(The following is a guest commentary by Gary Thompson, long time GVP supporter, who works with Minnesota GVP groups like Protect Minnesota and Moms Demand Action. This post is a letter Gary wrote and was published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Thanks,…

May
25

STIRRING A FLOWER

The poet, Francis Thompson, wrote an aphorism that has planted an oak in my mind for decades. “Thou canst not stir a flower without troubling a star.” In short, all of life is connected. COVID-19 has rightly sucked up considerable conversation oxygen since…

May
12

CRY OF THE CHILDREN

A major focus of my ministry was with children and youth. The summers of high school found me working at our church’s camp, washing dishes, carrying out garbage, swabbing floors, building campfires, painting cabins and, well, you name it! During college, I was…

May
4

MESSAGES

Guns send a message. During this Covid Time, I have seen guns used in a smorgasbord of ways, and almost all very concerning. INTIMIDATION: Revolutionary signs of “Don’t Tread On Me” are coupled with men carrying assault weapons and pistols to Minnesota and…

Apr
10

GOOD “Guns” FRIDAY

I have a copy of Salvador Dali’s “Christ of St. John of the Cross” in our home office. Linda gave it to me as a wedding gift. The image has Jesus on the cross, suspended over the world as if anticipating the Resurrection.…

Apr
3

“Things are not normal right now.” A Passion Sunday Response

Passion Sunday has a response to those who say we are in the midst of a “new normal.” NEWSWEEK of 1 April 2020 described this “new normal” in an article on the effects of COVID-19, fear and gun sales. It reported: Bullet sales…

Mar
25

COVID-19 AND YOUTH/CHILDREN GUN SAFETY

“Prayer of the Children” is a poignant and pleading song with verses beginning: “Can you hear the prayer of the children?, Can you feel the hearts of the children?, Can you hear the voice of the children?” In this COVID-19 time, with youth…

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